Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 21, 2012, 9:50 p.m. EST by Middleaged
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Just thinking about this gun ban issue and the killing in the world. Let me look deeper at the different elements:
1) Was kind of simplifying to the position that perhaps prescription drugs are pushed on kids, plus of course there are peer pressure drug cultures of secret drug use that separates kids from family and adults that can help them. But too simplistic.
2) Bad Seed theory, bad genes, nature or nurture kind of argument, not really against mental illness, but perhaps a person who is almost proud of their anger or enables their anger or has an overly confident sense of their own worth and importance of their feelings. Not the common view that spoiled people have too much self esteem. Something deeper than narcissistic, could be a strong person, a worker, but who perhaps rages or has a strong ego of some type.
3) Honor Killing, Religious Killing, ...not sure this is a big factor in what we see. Honor killing is patriachical and terrible if we are talking about killing a daughter or sister.
4) Cultural Killing is not something I have seen studies or reports on (brain dead media). I think of cultural killing as a man killing another man for being gay or looking gay or just looking weak or effeminate. The other side of the coin is perhaps someone is ostracized, marginalized, and disenfranchised - they might kill as a backlash. Think of kids that feel bullied - seemed to be a factor in Columbine Killing.
5) Domestic Violence Killing, drugs and alcohol can always be a factor. Killing someone you know is very common. Hard to generalize, but obviously stress, confusion, power struggles are factors. narcissism or being self obsorbed certainly could be a view that makes a person feel boxed in. The anti-dote would seem to be service to fellow people, teaching, AA and 12 step programs.
6) Drug Gang Killing. Education, access to the education system, adult supervison and guidance, awareness of the socio-economic problems, the power that money from selling drugs or a commodity brings to people, lack of jobs or training opportunities for jobs or vocation, are many of the basis behind killing over drugs. Prisoner on Prisoner killing often.
7) Government Experiment-Project Killing, Covert Activities, War, Military, Prisoners/Detained by Officials, & Police/Security State Institutional Killing.
Started with only 6 Factors. Feedback below provided #7. I am adding #8 since other feed back has brought up.
8) Socio-Economic Stress Killing: Going Postal, being under stress and harsh treatment at work as defined by the person who takes a gun to the work place and kills or kills at home or perhaps in a church/temple. Defined by pressure of paying bills and not getting ahead, not getting raises, being asked to perform better/perform harder, being harrassed at work, being threatened by supervisor, being Disrespected, Not being appreciated, Being de-humanized, being in an authoritarian type work environment, having a boss that doesn't treat you like person, like you have feeling, like you are an equal, like you are worthy of respect.
The good News I feel is that OWS & OWS Forum are trying to address the issues that can reduce disenfranchisement